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The perfect course if you have a broad interest in biological sciences and want to keep your study options open.

Biology Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Why is this course for me?

  • You want to pick and choose the subjects that interest you from a broad field encompassing a diversity of organisms; from bacteria to plants and animals, and from the molecular level to whole ecosystems.
  • You want to go on a field course in Europe, Africa or Central America to see plants and animals in their natural habitat.
  • You want to improve your employability by taking this course with an integrated master’s year, an industrial/professional experience year or a modern language.
  • We have links with biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and other institutions undertaking research all over the world.
UCAS course code
UCAS institution code
Degree awarded
BSc (Hons)
3 years
Number of places/applicants
650/4500 (Overall data for biological and biomedical sciences undergraduate courses at Manchester)
Typical A level offer
Grades AAA-ABB.

Full entry requirements

Typical International Baccalaureate offer
37-32 points overall including 5 or 6 points in two sciences at Higher level, normally Biology and Chemistry.

Full entry requirements

Contact email
Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5032
How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

You should not usually apply for more than one of the biological and biomedical sciences courses offered by The University of Manchester. Please contact us for advice if you are planning to do so.

“The flexibility of the course has meant I’ve been able to tailor my degree to my interests, being able to specialise in some areas but also maintain a breath of knowledge from throughout biology. Due to the research led attitude at The University of Manchester, I’ve also been able to participate in cutting edge research on at the frontiers of biology.”

Sean Dougherty

Course description

Biology - the study of living organisms - is a wide-ranging topic in which you may have many potential areas of interest.

This course will suit you if you want study a range of topics while avoiding early specialisation. You can keep your options open and cover a wide range of areas, or you can identify areas that interest and hopefully excite you to focus on particular biological topics.

You can benefit from a wide spectrum of training in biological sciences from staff who are specialists in their chosen subject areas.

Many biology students report that field courses are their favourite units. These take place in locations in the UK and abroad, chosen for the richness and interest of their flora and fauna.

Open days

The University runs several open days per year.

Open days

We also operate campus tours, which are available most days. These are with a student ambassador who can tell you all about life at The University of Manchester. It may also be possible to meet with admissions staff (subject to staff availability). These tours are open to anybody thinking of applying to us for any of the biological and biomedical sciences. Family and friends are welcome too.

To book, please contact the Admissions Office on tel +44 (0)161 275 5032 or email


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £21,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate student finance pages.

Additional expenses

Contribution to fieldwork costs


No specific sponsorships are available for this course.